Romina Karamanea S/S 09

Karamanea is establishing herself as someone that explores architectural and geometric volumes.

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Romina Karamanea is amongst the many Central St. Martin’s graduates who has subsequently pursued a successful fashion career under her own label.  She worked for designers such as Clements Ribeiro, Robert Cary-Williams, and Preen before launching her signature brand, which has twice won her ON|OFF sponsorship and the respect of a number of prominent industry professionals.  She became instantaneously recognized for her unique sense of structure and materiality, and for her innovative approach to pattern cutting.  Looking to architectural and corporeal geometries, she creates appealing proportions and volumes that are distinctly modern.

Her latest collection struck an appealing balance between structure with flow, with a selection of slinky, shimmering, drapey knits appearing alongside box-shaped padded shoulders and strict contour curve lines.  The silhouette and seaming emphasized the v-shape of the torso and the circular curve of the hip, reconfiguring the classic hourglass into something much more Metropolis than Marilyn Munroe.  The allusion to robotics was further insinuated by the color scheme, which was predominantly silver, navy, black, and grey, and by exposed metal zippers, which were variously functional and decorative.
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